Two years ago, I started collecting baseball cards again. A few months into my return to the hobby, I was able to go to a card show. It had been more than twenty years since I had been to one, and I was excited to be able to make it to a show in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
As soon as I got there, one thing stood out to me: cell phones dominated the card show. Dealers and buyers alike were constantly checking their phones. At first I had no idea why they would have their phones out, but I soon discovered that everyone was checking the prices of cards online.
Twenty years ago, it was possible to haggle over the price of cards, but I certainly didn’t have any means of checking the price of cards. And as I kid, I certainly had no credibility in the negotiation. In 2012, I saw children arguing with sellers over the price of cards, holding up their smart phones as proof of their point. What a difference 20 years makes!
Luckily, I was able to use my phone to make a great purchase.
This ’12 Topps Triple Threads Autographed Relic is numbered 15/18. This is my one and only autographed Fisk card. While it is a sticker auto, I am pleased with the card, and I was very pleased with the price. I was able to get this card for under $25. Thank you kids with phones!